Porcelain Easter Egg

Imperial Porcelain Factory
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reference number: IP_046

circa 1830

porcelain, overglaze polychrome painting, gilding


A porcelain Easter egg on both sides painted with flowers. The flowers are painted on a light blue ground within shaped cartouches. The sides are decorated with a gold trellis pattern over a white ground.


During the second quarter of the nineteenth century, a number of virtuoso porcelain painters specialising in floral decoration worked for the Imperial porcelain factory, such as A. and I. Tychagin, K. and F. Krasovsky and others. The designs were based on close observation of nature: the artists were regularly sent to botanic gardens to study the plants. Models for copying were also provided by engravings in botanical atlases.

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